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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 11:11 am    Post subject: First Line, Last Line- Wanna participate? Reply with quote

Write down the first sentence of chapter 1 and the last sentence of the last chapter of the book you're currently reading. No prologues or epilogues allowed. List book title and author LAST.

First line: The man in the lower berth stirred, pleasurably. The fluted wail of the steam whistle, the rocking of this dark enclosed world he inhabited, the rhythmic clack-clack-clack of the great metal wheels on steel-they were all pleasant adjuncts to the dream he had been having.

Last line: And as the ghosts of long dead petals crushed beneath their twining limbs, he took her once again, renewing with his body the brand he had long since placed on her heart.

The book is HEART OF THE FLAME by Araby Scott.
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First line: The hunter waited patiently for his prey.

Last line: The hunter was content.

The book is Guardian Angel by Julie Garwood.

I never would have noticed that hunter stuff if it wasn't for this post.
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First line: Every night death came, slowly, painfully, and every morning Maddox awoke in bed, knowing he'd have to die again later.

Last line: If any of the humans in the forest proved to be Hunters or Bait, nothing could save them now.


The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter.
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From Lois McMaster Bujold's The Vor Game:

First Line: "Ship Duty!" chortled the ensign four ahead of Miles in line.

Last Line: "I'll look forward to them, sir."

Hmmm. That doesn't really convey just how much went on in this book. Straight sci-fi, no romance. It's the second full entry in the Miles Vorkosigan series, and a strong action/adventure/coming-of-age type story.
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, I'll play, but I'm reading 3 books...

1. Rowdy Rhodes leaned back in the whorehouse bathtub, a cheroot jutting from between his teeth, and sighed as he waited for the chill of a high-country winter to seep out of his bones.

"Much obliged, he said."'

2. "They say he ran away." Mrs. Conrad leaned close to impart this bit of gossip.

"I love you"


3.It starts with a dream; it always starts as a dream.


And whatever the land brought us, I knew it would be good.





1. A Wanted Man by Linda Lael Miller
2. To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt
3. The Boundless Deep by Kate Bralllier
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First line: "You've been sleeping on the buttons again."

Last line: "It was my best friend."



Book is "Between You and Me" by Kirsty Scott.
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 5:02 pm    Post subject: Silent in the Grave Reply with quote

1st line
To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate.
Last line
But that is a tale for another time.

Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn. I am rereading this because it is so great.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 12:21 pm    Post subject: First Line-Last Line Reply with quote

First line: London's Hyde Park was decked out in all the splendor of a May morning.

Last line: The church bells pealed merrily on.

The book...A SUMMER TO REMEMBER by Mary Balogh.

These two lines don't sound very exciting but knowing the author, I'm looking forward to the excitement, misunderstandings, and romance going on between the opening and closing lines.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was the time before the Cataclysm, forced upon Atlanteans by the greed of humanity.

"Atlantis must rise."

Atlantis Rising: The Warriors of Poseidon by Alyssa Day
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 4:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Silent in the Grave Reply with quote

luteran wrote:
1st line
To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate.


Loved this book! I know it technically isn't the rules, but you really need the first two lines to convey the deliciousness of the opening scene:

"To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor."
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Anyway, my own contribution(s):

First Line: I planned to be the kind of Southern lady who talked to her tomato plants and bought sweaters for her cats.
Last Line: We shared the view across the land and sky, remembering, and looking beyond.
Book: A Place to Call Home by Deborah Smith. I just re-read it. Excellent book.


First Line: The Building was on fire and it wasn't my fault.
Last line: "Hey. Why did you get the large breed Puppy chow?"
Book: Blood Rites by Jim Butcher, book #6 of the Harry Dresden files. The other wizard named Harry.

Nice dark urban fantasy/mystery series. Currently reading.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 8:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Silent in the Grave Reply with quote

DearEvette wrote:
luteran wrote:
1st line
To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate.


Loved this book! I know it technically isn't the rules, but you really need the first two lines to convey the deliciousness of the opening scene:

"To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor."


I too wanted to add the second line because the two sentences make such a wonderful opening, but I couldn't find my copy of the book so couldn't quote exactly. Thank you so much for providing it.

My contribution, from Diana Norman's The Vizard Mask:

First: "Penitence Hurd and the Plague arrived in London on the same day."
Last: "Oh yes," said Penitence, "Thank God. Much, much duller."
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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1st Line: "Della didn't recognize the stranger riding through the twilight toward her house, but she understood who he was by a sharp, intuitive tingling acrfoss her scalp."

Last Line: "There were tears in the gunslinger's eyes."

Maggie Osborne's PRAIRIE MOON

and

"Mid-September in the year of Our Lord's grace 1431 had perfect weather, warm and dry."

"'No,' she said, 'There should not have been.'"

Margaret Frazer's THE NOVICE'S TALE

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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 8:39 pm    Post subject: First Line/Last Line Reply with quote

I liked the first line of the new Barbara Metzger, The Scandalous Life of a True Lady, which I just read today:

"Virginity was just another commodity, like coal or carrots."

The last line is much more generic romance-speak:

"Then I see a perfect future for us, my own true love."
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When Josey woke up and saw the feathery frost on her windowpane, she smiled.

Josey looked up to the place Della Lee had stood.
In fact, I understand completely.
Love,
J

Sarah Addison Allen, The Sugar Queen

The "first line" that really sets up the "last line" doesn't come until the bottom of page 2.
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

+IHS+

I had a book handy, so I thought I'd join you all. Very Happy

First Line: A chill of unease snaked down Matthew Devenport's spine and he stilled his shovel to scan the darkened cemetery.

Last Line: "Which makes you absolutely perfect." [heroine speaking]

Title: Sleepless at Midnight by Jacquie D'Alessandro

I just realised how funny it is when you put the first and last line together like that. The heroine seems to be saying that the perfect man for her is someone who skulks around graveyards in the middle of the night. Laughing
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